Riverside & Beachie Creek Fires Update – Sunday October 4, 2020

Riverside Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 138,085 ac.
Containment: 54%
Total Personnel: 445
Start Date: Sept. 8, 2020
Cause: Human

Beachie Creek Fire Quick Facts
Approx. Size: 193,282 ac.
Containment: 59%
Total Personnel: 181
Start Date: August 16, 2020
Cause: Under Investigation

Weather and Fire Behavior: High pressure will temporarily weaken, leading to increasing onshore flow, slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity in the valley.  Winds are expected to increase slightly along the ridgetops and humidity levels remain low at higher elevations.  Wind gusts of up to 15 mph are predicted this afternoon.  Smoke could be more visible if interior unburned fuels are ignited.  Fire behavior is expected to remain much the same as days prior, exhibiting creeping and smoldering behavior.

Riverside Fire: Handheld infrared work will begin on the northwest side of the fire with a focus around structures.  Firefighters are continuing to assist with extinguishing smokes reported through 9-1-1 calls. Chipping operations are finishing up in the northeast. Suppression repair work is occurring on secondary contingency lines. Firefighters will continue to patrol firelines, cold trail and mopping up as needed. 

Beachie Creek Fire: Fire activity increased slightly inside the fire perimeter as the area experienced low humidity for a short duration yesterday afternoon.  This activity was quickly addressed with the use of helicopters for aerial water drops.  Helicopters dropped over 100,000 gallons of water on the fire yesterday.  On the west side of the fire, firefighters will continue to patrol, mop up and monitor the fire.  Along Highway 22 suppression repair work is ongoing utilizing heavy equipment and handcrews.  This fire has shown an increase in acreage due to more accurate mapping.   

Evacuations: Currently there are no evacuations in Clackamas County.  Current evacuation information for Marion County is available at https://www.co.marion.or.us/Alerts?AlertId=83 or by calling 503-588-5032. Current evacuation information for Linn County is available at https://www.linnsheriff.org/fire_live_updates_sept_2020/ or by calling 541-812-2260.

Smoke info: Oregon Smoke Blog: https://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

Willamette Valley Smoke outlook: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/

Closures: The Willamette National Forest lifted restrictions on campfires. The Sept. 25 closure order is still in effect, a list of recreation areas within the fire zone that remain closed can be found at  https://go.usa.gov/xGpeV

Mt. Hood National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247

Willamette National Forest htttps://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/willamette/alerts-notices/?aid=61574  

Bureau of Land Management https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/oregon-washington/fire-restrictions.

Road Closures on TripCheck: https://www.tripcheck.com/

Santiam State Forest is closed

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